Many parents choose the Montessori approach, which nurtures the potential of each individual child, as the way to parent and educate their children. At the heart of this approach is a deep respect of the child as a unique being and trust in the child’s capacity to explore, investigate and learn when supported by a rich home and nursery or school environment.
Montessori is a global movement, with nurseries and schools in 119 countries of the world. In countries such as the United States, Sweden and Germany Montessori education is available to children and their families from birth to 16/18 years of age. In the UK Montessori provision is focused primarily at nursery/pre-school level with some schools extending their facilities all the way to 12 years of age. The majority of the nurseries are privately owned and regulated by Ofsted; some also commit to on-going improvement and participate in MEAB accreditation.
The MEAB accredited schools are identified in our database by the MEAB logo.
By being accredited by or affiliated with one of the Montessori training colleges or by belonging to Montessori membership organisations such as MSA and MEAB, Montessori nurseries and schools commit to on-going improvement and reflection on their practice. They sign up to adhere by our Code of Practice. This is an important pledge to quality as the Montessori name is not protected and therefore there is no central regulatory body.